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Wests Tigers hang on for win despite Eels points blitz

Wests Tigers recorded a 31-30 victory over Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium in round 8 of the Telstra Premiership.
Wests Tigers hang on for win despite Eels points blitz
by NRL

Wests Tigers recorded a 31-30 victory over Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium in round 8 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 19,654 Wests Tigers dominated the first half to lead 19-0 at half-time before the Eels rattled off five tries in 13 minutes late in the game.

Parramatta half-back Casey McGuire was placed on report in the 7th minute for a forearm shot on Wests Tigers full-back Tim Moltzen after he defused a towering bomb. Moltzen left the field with centre Blake Ayshford coming on.

Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 11th minute when hooker and captain Robbie Farah scooted out from dummy half to his left before turning a ball back inside for centre Chris Lawrence to score behind the posts for his first club try of the season. Five-eighth Benji Marshall converted the try for a 6-0 lead.

Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan then produced one of his now trademark short grubber kicks behind the defence 10 metres out from the tryline to dive on the ball to score in the 20th minute for a 10-0 lead. Marshall failed to convert the try.

A beautiful short offload by young prop Matt Groat to prop Ray Cashmere saw the ball kept alive before second-rower Liam Fulton went left to splice through one defender in a 25 metre run to score next to the posts in the 26th minute.
Marshall converted the try for a 16-0 lead.

McGuire was placed on report for a second time in the 29th minute when collared Farah high around the neck. Farah left the field.

A minute later, Parramatta second-rower Joseph Paulo was penalised for a tackle high around the head of Marshall. Moltzen stepped up to convert the penalty goal from next to the posts to give Wests Tigers an 18-0 lead after 31 minutes. Farah returned to the field in the 35th minute.

Marshall kicked a field goal from 15 metres out inside the final minute of half-time to give Wests Tigers a 19-0 lead at the break.
2nd Half

The first 15 minutes of the second half saw Wests Tigers remain committed in defence.

Parramatta forward Fuifui Moimoi was denied a try in the 57th minute for a double movement.

A minute later, a towering bomb by Marshall saw Wests Tigers forward Ben Murdoch-Masila catch the bomb in front of full-back Jarryd Hayne to race 20 metres to score a fine try. Marshall converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 25-0 lead after 59 minutes.

Former Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers player Matthew Ryan crossed for the Eels' first try in the 67th minute when he brushed off Lawrence in a 10 metre run to score out wide. Winger Luke Burt converted the try from the sideline for a 31-6 scoreline.

Three minutes later, Parramatta centre Willie Tonga dived over for a try out wide after the Wests Tigers were caught short with numbers. Burt converted the try for a 31-12 scoreline after 72 minutes.

Parramatta then rattled off three consecutive tries in the final eight minutes through winger Ken Sio, Hayne, and centre Cheyse Blair. Burt converted all three tries but the siren beat the Eels in the end.

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